Farewell, Dear Buttercup
I say a sad good-bye
As you fly on up
To the pressing station in the sky.
You have been an iron faithful and true
Doing pushups many and strong
Each time I let go of you
For these many years, oh so long.
But alas, you have grown weary
And weak in the knees.
You’ve pressed till you’re bleary
Always eager to please.
Without you, I tried to get along
But old-fashioned iron would not suffice
Demanding to on her heel be like she belonged
She did burn my board once or twice.
(Oh, that just wasn’t nice)
So at last your replacement is here!
Still nameless, she is pretty in pink,
Bringing to a quilter’s heart good cheer.
As she does pushups and to her knees doth sink.
Okay, maybe I should stick to quilting instead of poetifying. For those of you who are not familiar with the Oliso irons, they are meant to be left horizontal on the ironing surface when not actually in use, pushing themselves up with little feet when you let go of the handle, and the feet folding up flush to the bottom when you pick up the iron to press. I have really become spoiled in the 5 or 6 years that I have had Buttercup. I love not having to worry about whether I remembered to put the iron up on its heel, the cord is extra long, and the iron doesn’t turn itself off until it hasn’t been used for 30 minutes, which is a far cry from the usual 10 minutes and is ideal for a quilter. I don’t tend to iron at all once, but intermittently throughout the quilting day. So the only debate about whether or not to replace Buttercup was because these irons are very expensive. I tried using my previous iron, which still works just fine, for about a week, and indeed I left it down in the horizontal position a couple of times. Keep in mind, I just put a brand new cover on my oversized ironing station, which is a major undertaking because both the old and the new have adhesive to hold them in place, and can be ordered to fit large ironing stations. My husband built this one for me, and as you can see, it doesn’t have a point like most ironing boards do.After the second incident, which was the worst, I immediately went on the Internet and ordered a new Oliso, trying to ignore the expense. What is pressing bliss worth anyway? Besides I use my iron heavily because I spend hours quilting nearly every day. I was amazed to see that they had available a limited edition pink iron, so decided why not. I was thrilled when the new iron came an entire week before it was due to arrive and I had it plugged in and was putting it through its paces immediately.
Now the only challenge is to name her. Just so you know my best quilting friend got me started naming my tools and came up with the name Buttercup. So my longarm machine is Rosie, my Baby Lock Jane is Plain Jane and my fancy Janome is Lady J. My friend who came up with Buttercup’s name happened to be over to quilt on Thursday afternoon when the new one came, and we debated about a name, coming up with Petal, Raspberry, Shortcake, Lily, Barbie, and then getting really silly, Pepto Bismol. So if anyone has any brilliant ideas, I am eager to hear your suggestions. Rose or Rosie is out because I’ve already named my longarm that for very convoluted reasons.